Sunday, April 17, 2011

Being a Mom that Matters

*I was inspired by the article "Being a Mom that Matters..."
Mary Southerland writes, "Being a mom is the hardest job on earth. It brings out the best and the worst in you. I know that it requires great sacrifice and limitless energy. But to invest your time and best efforts into a child, to watch that child grow and develop, is to be part of the creative majesty of life itself."

Lee & I have talked about how we realized how selfish we were once we had kids. For this season that we are in with little babies, we can't just pick up and do what we want when we want. I can't sleep as late as I want to on a Saturday morning. I can't try things on at the store when there's a kid in the stroller and another in the sling attached to me.

I was cooking dinner the other night, and Brennan, who is now a fast-moving crawler, was crying and climbing up my leg as I stood at the stove. It was a day where he really didn't want to be put down much at all, and this time was no exception. I had to smile as I looked down at his little tear-streaked face. It's not going to be like this forever. He's going to become more and more independent. Life will not look the way that it does right now. I need to enjoy this time...this season.

There are days when I am at my worst. I have to apologize to Bella for losing my patience. I don't always handle situations the way that I should. I do know that my children are making me a better person, though. They make me want to strive to become more like Christ.

Bella learns things very, very quickly. She amazes me. She can also drive me crazy. :) In one of my I'm about to pull out my hair because I'm losing it moments, I started singing the chorus, "I need You, Jesus, to come to my rescue...where else can I go. There's no other Name by which I am saved. Capture me with grace. I will follow You." Two things happened: I immediately felt peace; later, Bella started singing that song on her own. The bridge to that songs says, "This world has nothing for me, I will follow You." If I can get that into her little spirit now, she can grow up knowing that there is nothing or no one better than Jesus. It really does start now.

That's my job. That's my responsibility. That's the majesty of life that I get to experience with them. That's why I want to be a Mom that Matters to my kids.

(You can click here to read the full article "Being a Mom that Matters")